- Leading European retail experts visit TGW Evolution Park
- A preview of tomorrow’s shopping experience and distribution centers
- Focus on robotics, digitization, e-commerce, and omnichannel
On 10 and 11 October 2018, more than 50 leading international food retailing experts visited TGW Evolution Park. Gathered at the new TGW headquarters, they discussed the future of grocery intralogistics and were provided with glimpses into the future world of shopping and designing distribution centers. The event, which showcased the current and future challenges of automation, took place at TGW’s Helix, an interactive showroom at a floor space the size of 1,800 square meters.
Digitization and robotics were among the main topics featured at TGW’s Grocery Expert Days. In addition, best practice examples from successful TGW projects were featured during the event, as were innovative store solutions and a brand-new concept for picking fruits and vegetables.
Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
Eleven international presenters covered a broad spectrum of topics. Renowned innovation researcher, Peter Fisk, took attendees on a trip into the future of grocery retail. Michael Feindt, a specialist in artificial intelligence, focused on big data technology and predictive analytics, while discussing the possible uses of digitization.
TGW competences were featured, among other things, based on the example of the logistics center designed by TGW for COOP in the Swiss city of Schafisheim. Also, TGW and Umdasch introduced a novel concept called OmniStore that combines online shopping with stationary trading in a unique way, while offering tangible added value to retailers as well as supermarket customers.
“TGW stands for holistic solutions. TGW has grown from being the leading mechatronics supplier to having established itself on the core markets as a future-oriented systems provider – and the Grocery Expert Days are clearly underscoring this”, says Christoph Wolkerstorfer, CSO of the TGW Logistics Group.
TGW Explores New Robotics Paths
One of the main purposes of the event was to provide a look at the possibilities that robotics are opening up in the field of automation. In addition to applications for mixed palletizing, Rovolution was showcased as TGW’s innovative solution for automatic single-piece picking by robot. The system’s outstanding advantage lies in the fact that Rovolution is powerful, fast, and extremely flexible.
Attendees at TGW’s Grocery Expert Days were also given the opportunity of taking guided tours of the company’s new headquarters, TGW Evolution Park, as well as the new TGW Helix showroom. An extremely pleased Christoph Wolkerstorfer took stock of the event, saying: “Visitor feedback proved that we’re succeeding at addressing the challenges of the industry, as well as being able to offer future-oriented, marketable solutions.”